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Doing The Kiki Challenge

Doing The Kiki Challenge

Dangerous dancing and dentists.  Sounds like a crazy combination, but they’re both connected to the latest viral challenge.  You’ll never believe how I learned about the Kiki Challenge. It didn’t start dangerously. Internet comedian Shiggy posted a video of him busting some moves to the song “In My Feelings,” from rapper Drake’s recent album. Called the Kiki Challenge by most, the challenge gets its name from the song’s opening line: “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?” When you’re an internet comedian like Shiggy and your friends are NFL players like New York Giants wide

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Monogrammed Madness

Monogrammed Madness

I’m not complaining, but Summertime in the South can require a lot of gear. Coolers for picnics, drink cups and koozies for sporting events, and towels for a day at the beach. Fortunately, we’ve developed a method of keeping track of whose goodies are whose – and that’s monogramming everything. The desire to put our initials all over everything is nothing new. Humans have been monogramming things for thousands of years. Ancient Greek city-states were branding coins with their initials as far back as 350 BC. In the Middle Ages, monograms were reserved for royalty or

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Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

You hear from me (via this Fuel for Thought column) or Mary (via Just Another Mary Monday) almost every week. But while Mary and I tag team with our Matchmaker musings, we’re far from the only ones who make things tick at Matchmaker Logistics. Every once in a while, I like to use this space to introduce readers to our elite All-Star Squadron of Carrier Sales Representatives and the Fantastic Force that supports them. You might remember previous entries about Reid Setliff’s recent wedding or his favorite sauce for grilling chicken. Perhaps you remember why airport security considers Kendra Rhodes a

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The Magic Of Cruising

The Magic Of Cruising

My family and I just returned from our summer vacation, a trip aboard the Disney Magic. I’ve written before about the Disney Magic, an eleven-deck, eighty-four-thousand-ton cruise ship. It’s a good way for the kids to get their Disney fix without the madness of waiting in theme park lines. My youngest, Chloe, loved the Kid’s Club (which is open until midnight!), and my eldest made it her personal goal to slide the new pool slide 100 times before the end of the cruise. (She made it to 97, but missed the last three when the slide was closed

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Stay Until The Cake Is Served

Stay Until The Cake Is Served

June is over, which means many of us have attended our first (or second…or fourth) wedding of the season. And while every wedding is a special, beautiful affair, the ritual of finding something to wear, choosing a nice card, and wrapping a lovely gift…well…it can get tiring. But all of that hard work does come with sweet, sweet rewards – specifically in the form of wedding cake. Cake is arguably the best thing about wedding season, so I was excited to see Wedding Cake Championship on Food Network. If you’re not familiar, it’s the latest

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School’s Out for Summer

School's Out for Summer

Last week marked the official First Day of Summer. Finally, as the days reach their longest, it seems that even the very latest schools are out for the season. I’ve written before about the pros and cons of summer vacation. Free time for the kids means long hours for parents at home, but after nine long months, that final day of school always feels like a celebration. In Matchmaker Logistics’ home state of North Carolina, some end-of-school celebrations have been less about pomp and circumstance and more about song and dance. Take this high school receptionist, for

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Making An Impact

Making An Impact

If you knew exactly where your charity dollars were going, would you donate more? If you could meet the people in your community who you knew would be positively impacted by your donation dollars, would charity become a bigger part of your budget? For many people, the answer is a resounding yes. Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing Impact Club, a collection of venture capitalists who are putting their money where their hearts are. They call it “Elevated Philanthropy”. For those familiar with internet crowdfunding, the basic premise behind Impact Club is clear. While it

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In Awe of the French Spider-Man

In Awe of the French Spider-Man

From the Not-All-Heroes-Wear-Capes files (some of our favorite files, here at Matchmaker Logistics,) I bring you all the recent story of Mamoudou Gassama, “The French Spider-Man,” and last week’s real-life superhero. It was a normal day in Paris when the 22-year-old saw an alarming sight – a baby dangling off of a fourth-story building facing the street. So, he did what any of us would do – scaled four stories of an apartment complex, bare-handed, to save a child. It sounds completely unbelievable, and I might not believe it myself, if it weren’t for

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Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

I try to keep an ear to the ground for news that features the trucking and logistics industries. But I’m far from the only one! As it turns out, top-tier economists also monitor the trucking industry for signs as to where the national economy will go, and it’s easy to see why: everything, from food, to clothes, to medicine, to Christmas presents, is shipped on trucks. Economists are now issuing warnings – forget capacity and other hindrances, if there simply aren’t enough drivers to drive the trucks, there’s going to be an issue with

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Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

The internet’s newest superhero might not have a movie about him like Captain America, or Batman. He doesn’t have magical gadgets or a billion-dollar supercar. In fact, he doesn’t even have his driver’s license. He does, however, have a great big heart, a cool hashtag (#ShowLove), and a super supportive dad. Austin Perrine of Birmingham, AL, or President Austin, as he styles himself, would swim in Spider-Man’s glove and boots. And, his legs are too short to reach the pedals on the Batmobile. After all, Austin is only four years old. He was called to the

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